First baseman will have chance to make major league team in spring training

Updated: January 10, 2008, 3:28 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- First baseman Josh Phelps and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a minor league contract Thursday, adding depth to St. Louis' bench.

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Phelps, 29, will have a chance to make the major league club in spring training, Cardinals representative Brian Bartow said. Phelps has also appeared at catcher in 12 big league games.

In seven seasons with Toronto, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh, Phelps has 64 home runs, 243 RBIs and a .273 batting average.

He hit .263 in 36 games with the Yankees last season before being waived and signed by Pittsburgh in June. He hit .351 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 58 games with the Pirates.

Phelps' best seasons were in Toronto, where he began his career in 2000. He batted .309 in part-time duty with the Blue Jays in 2002 and hit 20 home runs in 2003.


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